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Marshall, Edison

(1894-1967) US author and big-game hunter, best known for his work outside the sf field, especially his many historical novels, though he began publishing sf early in his career with "Who is Charles Avison?" (April 1916 Argosy), an early Counter-Earth tale; the From a Frontiersman's Diary series (August 1919-January 1920 Blue Book) featured stories involving the strange and/or the supernatural. Some of his early novels verge on Lost Race territory, such as The Splendid Quest (1934). The ...

Time Distortion

The pioneering sf story of distorted time is H G Wells's "The New Accelerator" (December 1901 Strand), introducing a Drug that "speeds up" Time for its users and makes the world around them seem almost to freeze. As far as others are concerned, the users have attained temporary Invisibility while in motion. Drugs achieve the same effect in Erle Stanley Gardner's "A Year in a Day" (19 July 1930 Argosy), in Henry Kuttner's Gallegher Galloway story "Ex Machina" (April 1948 Astounding) – also ...

Stanley, Dorothy

(1855-1926) UK painter who worked as Dorothy Tennant and author, married to the explorer Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904). In her World War One novel, Miss Pym's Camouflage (1918), an essentially fantasy device – Invisibility at will, without any explanation – is applied with considerable wit as Miss Perdita Pym demonstrates her powers to the War Office (see Women in SF), is sent as a spy to Germany, engages in various adventures, and returns with valuable secrets. [JC]

Pascal, Jacques

Pseudonym of unidentified US author (?   -    ) of two Near Future erotic novels (see Sex), Virgin's Sacrifice (1980) and Futuresex (1981). [JC]

Kuhn, Lan

Pseudonym of Australian author Lana Sansom (1939-    ), who has also written as Lana Kuhn-Sansom; her sf novel, The Outer Space Connection (1978), is an abstractly told First Contact tale. [JC]

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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